“Only the elders remembered a blue sky,” Elliot said, writing that down in his notebook.
“Why did you write that down?” Linda, his wife asked.
“I told you that after submitting my short story to that online magazine, they sent me a letter telling me that my story was solid and they were looking forward to a number of other submissions from me,” Elliot explained.
“Wait,” Linda said. “Doesn’t it strike you as odd that an online magazine would respond to a story you submitted electronically by sending you a letter rather than via email? Are you sure this is legit?”
“Well, the letter also included a check for $100 and a publishing agreement for me to sign,” Elliot explained. “If I can get more of my stories published at 100 bucks each, it could be bountiful for us and I could quit my day job and write full-time.
“Um, did you review the publishing agreement with a lawyer before you sent it back,” Linda asked.
“Are you kidding?” Elliot said. “I don’t want to involve a whole cadre of lawyers. Beside, that sentence about the elders and the blue skies would make a perfect start to a fantastic science fiction story, don’t you think?”
“I suppose,” Linda said. “How’d you come up with that?”
“Oh,” Elliot said, “I found it on the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie blog in the First Line Friday prompt. Good, isn’t it?”
“I think you’re going to need that cadre of layers when you get sued for plagiarism by whoever posted that line,” Linda said.
In addition to being written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompts, where the first line is “Only the elders remembered a blue sky,” this post has the following daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (notebook), My Vivid Blog (letter), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (solid), The Daily Spur (number), Word of the Day Challenge (bountiful), and Your Daily Word Prompt (cadre).